St Michael's Day: 26th May
"We won the league on Merseyside"
A celebration of the 1988-89 league championship decider
See DVD & Videos page to buy DVDs of
the match itself or of
On 26th May 1989 Arsenal went to Liverpool needing a 2-0 win to clinch the
title. Because of fixture congestion and the Hillsborough disaster, the
fixture had been put back to the end of the season, after Liverpool had won the
This created a unique situation where the 2 teams still in with a chance
of the title played each other for it at the end of the season. And let's face it, the sympathy of everyone but Arsenal fans was with the double-chasing scousers.
The odds were against us. Liverpool hadn't lost by 2 goals at home in donkeys years. But master tactician George Graham went there with a plan, and it worked.
Alan Smith glanced in a header early in the second half, and with the
Liverpool bench in triumphal mode as the game entered the last minute,
Arsenal launched one last attack.....
See this page for some (truly)
entertaining Gooners' tales of 26th May 1989.
And please, if you have
a good story from that night yourself, do send it to us. This will be a permanent archive.
A nice little piece from the Standard of 27th May 1999, celebrating
Man Utd's treble by talking about Anfield '89.
- AFCi's Anfield 89 - Ten Years On
- Lots of good stuff including: Smudger's memories of the night,
Pictures, stats, wallpaper, stories, Mickey T factfile, &
"where are they now"
* please note, this page seems to
have disappeared, which would be a terrible shame. I have emailed the
offciial webiste to find out if it's still archived somewhere.
- Steve Gleiber's Arsenal history
- Page 3 of the excellent history from Steve's site, featuring
the climax to the
88-89 season. (If you don't know what this page is all on about,
this is a good place to start!).
Hillsborough Justice Campaign
- We all remember that day when re-arranged matches meant that
the league came down to one last match between
the top 2 teams. It was one of the best days of our lives. And yet who
is there who doesn't wish it had never happened like that? The only
reason this match was played
so late on was because of the Hillsbrough disaster on April 15th.
The HJC is still campaigning for justice for the 96, the inquest verdict
of "accidental death" clearly leaves much to be desired.
- Classic Last-Gasp Arsenal goals
- Not content with the most exciting finish to a league season ever,
Arsenal also won the most exciting finish to an FA Cup final (back in
1979 over MAnchester United). Read about this and other great last-minute
feats on this special page.